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March 24th-26th: Tomodachi Euro Thrill

March 24th-26th: Tomodachi Euro Thrill Photo credit: Phantom Photographics. https://www.facebook.com/pg/PP8136

This weekend there are three major roller derby tournaments happening on three different continents, each consisting of teams that fall into different sections of the WFTDA rankings. The Tomodachi Derby Tournament is happening over three days in Okinawa, EuroClash in Europe, and Skate to Thrill in the United States. Be sure to check back here or our Twitter feed for scores throughout the weekend.

2017 Roller Derby Springs Forward

2017 Roller Derby Springs Forward Photo credit: Danny Ngan Photography. facebook.com/dannynganphotography/

So far in 2017, we have had two mostly quiet months of  Roller Derby, on the track anyways, online we’ve been saturated with announcements. To name a few, we have learned the tournament locations for both the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association and the Men’s Roller Derby Association, which both include locations in Europe for the first time. WFTDA introduced a new tournament structure and the women and men’s organizations are now partnering with the Junior Roller Derby Association on the rules of Flat Track Roller Derby.

WFTDA has released two months of rankings, but so far little has changed overall, and none of the top 16 teams have budged. A few events and games have already taken place around the globe, and we’ll take a minute to look at some important remaining March events. Check out our calendar page for events throughout the year, and let us know if there’s anything we should add.

Battle of the All-Stars States Tournament 2017

Battle of the All-Stars States Tournament 2017 Photo credit: Andrew Keyes - Derby Photography. facebook.com/KeyesDerbyPhotos

Extended to four days this year, the Battle of the All-Stars States Tournament saw a new victor this year after Pennsylvania took 1st place every tournament prior. New York beat West Virginia, Michigan, and Texas before taking down the former champion 216-136 in the final game. Texas took on Virginia in a close 3rd place game, but the Texans prevailed, 184-178.

With many familiar faces from WFTDA tournaments skating alongside various other skaters from their respective states, 14 teams convened in Hatfield, Pennsylvania the weekend of February 16th-19th. We have a few quick notes on the 28 games that were played along with links to numerous photos from the event.

If you’re looking for archived video from the tournament, BOTAS has the first few games on their Facebook page, and Atomic Streaming is working on getting the rest up on their YouTube channel.

2016 WFTDA Rankings Review

2016 WFTDA Rankings Review Photo credit: Danforth Johnson.

2016 was another exciting year in WFTDA roller derby. It had rising stars, tough matchups, and a strong challenge at the top to take home the Hydra. Gotham tried to prove that a small hiccup in their record was nothing to worry about, but Rose City followed through with a repeat Championships victory in front of their home crowd.

Division 2 did not disappoint either with numerous underdogs keeping any of the top three seeded teams from making it out of their respective D2 playoffs alive. Blue Ridge came back from the outer realm to be the first D2 team to make it all the way to Championships for the second time and Calgary pushed hard in their first year qualifying for WFTDA tournaments.

With WFTDAs’ recent 2017 Playoff announcements, this year only the top 52 leagues will qualify for postseason tournaments, so the competition will be even tighter to make it to the top. Here’s a roundup of rankings highlights from last year, and possible teams to look out for in 2017.

WFTDA 2017 Rules Update: Major Gameplay Changes

WFTDA 2017 Rules Update: Major Gameplay Changes Photo credit: Olivier Vax Photo. www.oliviervax.com

The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association released their updated rules in December, and leagues have been able to use them since then, but the new rules won’t be optional any longer starting February 15th.

Last time we talked about the major overall format changes to the rules, and in case you still haven’t really looked them over yet, we picked through the specific changes to gameplay, and located where to find them in the new Rulebook and Casebook.